Don't Sweat Your New Years Resolution To Stay Active

By Madeline Shine - 21 Alive

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) -- We make them every year, resolutions. For many people a new year means a new you.

2014 is here and in Fort Wayne gyms are filling up with exercise hopefuls.

"Naturally as in with any facility, in January things pick up and folks start to come in they make those resolutions. Our hope and our goal is that those folks find support, find the things they need at the YMCA and take part in some of the programs and activities that we've got that give them the support so they can help fulfill those goals that they have," said Parkview Family YMCA Executive Director Scott Monnett.

Keeping up with your New Year’s resolution doesn't have to be difficult. Set out goals for yourself that are realistic, and find exercises that suit your ability.

If you find it difficult to keep up with your goals, the YMCA offers free programs with your membership that pair you up with wellness coaches to keep you on track.

"The key to success with a New Year’s resolution is finding support. You know whether it's an individual, within a friend or family, or you know take advantage of programs with the people at the y here, we've got programs in place like our wellness for life program that is designed for that. It's designed to support you through your journey over the first seven weeks, and we all know it takes 6-8 weeks to make something a habit."

If you're a beginner at exercising, there are a wide range of options to consider for improving your health.

"Things like cardiovascular, you know just get up and get moving, using the treadmill, using the bikes, using the elliptical, things like that. Anything to get your body moving. The track upstairs just for walking, if you've not been doing anything, walking is going to make a difference for you."

Whether you're interested in building muscle or burning fat, just remember it takes time and dedication to make those changes.

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